Mbappe shines as France, Belgium confirm places in Qatar 2022

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Kylian Mbappe of France celebrating a goal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between France and Kazakhstan at Stade de France on November 13, 2021 in Paris.

Belgium and France booked their places in the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals after victories on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe scored four goals to help the World Cup titleholders France to secure an 8-0 home demolition of Kazakhstan, lifting France top of the European Qualifiers Group D on 15 points from seven games, four points ahead of second-placed Finland. France and Finland will meet on November 16.

Karim Benzema added two goals while Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann netted one each to cap an impressive performance at the Parc des Princes.

Benzema was delighted after combining with Mbappe to devastating effect up front.

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Kylian Mbappe of France reacts after scoring during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between France and Kazakhstan at Parc des Princes on November 13, 2021 in Paris.

"We've shown that we are compatible, that we can play together and have fun while scoring, creating goals and playing for the team," Benzema told French television.

"I am so happy to have played as I did and above all to have won."

Belgium, who were beaten by France in the semifinals of the 2018 tournament, made sure of their spot in Qatar by beating Estonia 3-1 in Brussels to top Group E.

Christian Benteke opened the Belgians' account before Yannick Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard completed the job. Estonia's consolation goal came from Erik Sorga.

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